Mark Jones believes that an explosive start to the season could be the key to Boston United fulfiling their ambitions of promotion.
The Pilgrims went on a fantastic 10-game unbeaten run at the end of the regular Vanarama North season, transforming their fortunes from also-rans to a side who came seconds away from the play-off final.
That run included nailbiting - but thrilling - victories against rivals such as Hednesford Town, Tamworth and Solihull Moors.
But Jones has echoed the words of manager Dennis Greene and doesn’t want to rely on a similar finale next season.
Instead, the striker wants United to get a top-five finish wrapped up as early as possible, perhaps so the club can concentrate on a push for the title.
“I think it’s important that we get off to a good start,” Jones said.
“If we can win our first game then that puts us in a good position and gives us something to build on.
“Last season we were there and thereabouts and we finished well to end up in the play-offs.
“But this year we want to be challenging for the top place.”
Hitting the ground running could put the Pilgrims in pole position for promotion, but Jones remains adamant that United must not start dreaming of success without putting in the groundwork.
He added: “We will have to take it one game at a time as there are some very good teams in the division, but we’ve got a squad which has proven it can compete.”